This week has been fantastic. We have been so blessed and seen so many miracles this week. Elder Ellis and I both agreed that this was one of our best weeks on our mission on a lot of different levels.
This Friday and Saturday we had the Cedar Rapids Nativity which was SWEET! If any of you have seen The District it was like the Luaoh (I don't know how to spell that) missionary event but Christmas version and on STEROIDS! The members here are sweet and they went all out. There were hundreds of nativities from the community set up in the gym, live music from different churches bands and choirs throughout the day, church tours, cookies, and over 2,200 people ended up coming. And hundreds of them ended up leaving with a church DVD with our number on the back so we're hoping to get some phone calls soon :) There are several conversion stories of people coming to the nativity in past years, feeling the spirit so strong in the church, and ending up investigating and joining.
Also the First Presidency Christmas Devotional last night was the BOMB!
And I forgot to mention it last week but the Church's Christmas initiative this year, #ASaviorIsBorn is amazing. If you haven't watched the video yet watch it and share it with everyone you know. The spirit behind little children telling the story of the birth of Jesus Christ is so powerful.
This week we were able to have Pierre Manirakiza feed us fufu again and also come to church! Which is awesome because now he will be able to be baptized on December 19th which he is so excited about! He is a great man. He is from Burundi Africa and is supporting his family here as well as 4 adopted children who still live in Africa. He works so many hours a week but still makes gospel and service a priority. He is president of the African Society and helps refugees get a start once they get here, and he has a van that he bought with his own money and lets anyone use it for "God's errand": going to church, church activities, visiting someone at hospital, anything in the service of God. He just hangs the keys to it on the wall and lets anyone in the community take it. He is a great example of charity.
This week Elder Martino of the Seventy is coming on a mission tour on my birthday on Wednesday so I'm sure I'm going to have some sweet things to write about next week!
Love you all!